Protecting children from abuse by someone in a position of trust or authority

The NSPCC has published information about protecting children from abuse by someone in a position of trust or authority. This includes teachers, care workers, youth justice workers, social workers and doctors. Topics covered include: recognising abuse; responding to concerns; and steps that can be taken to prevent staff and volunteers from abusing their position. The […]

Online child sexual abuse

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has released figures which show that 105,047 webpages showing child sexual abuse material were removed from the internet by the charity in 2018. The figures show that 4 out of 10 webpages actioned for removal displayed the sexual abuse of children aged 10-years-old and younger, with infants and babies featuring […]

Call for young people to join NSPCC Online Safety Group

The NSPCC is looking for young people aged 13-18 to join their online safety advisory group, to ensure young people’s views and experiences inform NSPCC campaigns, policy work and projects to help keep children safe online. Taking part will include face to face and online discussions about issues from gaming to online grooming. If you […]

Disqualification by association: Statutory Guidance

The Department for Education (DfE) has published revised statutory guidance for schools and local authorities in England, relating to disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006 which came into force on 31 August 2018. The guidance removes disqualification by association for individuals working in childcare in non-domestic settings (e.g. schools and nurseries). Disqualification by association will […]

Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children

The Home Office has published statistics which show that there were 2,424 asylum applications in the UK from unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) in the year ending June 2018, a 20% decrease compared to the previous year. The largest numbers of asylum applications were from Sudanese and Eritrean nationals, together accounting for over 30% of […]

New unit to tackle exploitation of vulnerable young people

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced plans for a new national response unit to help local authorities in England support vulnerable children at risk of exploitation by criminal gangs. The new unit, which will operate from 2019 up until 2022, will address child sexual exploitation together with other crimes, such as gang and drug […]

Transgender foster carers and adopters

An article in Community Care outlines tips to help social workers supporting transgender foster carers and adopters. Good practice tips include: using inclusive gender neutral language wherever possible in written materials; and not making assumptions or having fixed views about what is ‘normal’ for transgender people. Source: Community Care Date: 24 August 2018 […]

Children’s Social Care Statutory Guidance Myth Busting Guide

The Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme has produced a short guide clarifying areas of statutory guidance that are either misunderstood or act as a barrier to good practice and outcomes for children and families. The guide provides answers, which have been agreed by the Department for Education (DfE) and their lawyers, to questions identified through […]

Current State of Children’s Services: CSDG Report

The Children’s Services Development Group (CSDG) has published a report examining the changing nature of children’s services and providing a snapshot of current sector thinking about children’s services policy and the nature of care and education for vulnerable children and young people. The report makes a series of recommendations, and puts forward a consensus-driven approach […]

Good Childhood Report 2017

The Children’s Society has published the Good Childhood Report 2017, an analysis of data looking at how children’s well-being and happiness is changing over time, and which this year asked about a list of 27 possible problems children and their families faced in the last five years. The report was produced in partnership with the […]